History & Culture

Get to know Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady of the United States, activist, and one of the most influential leaders of the twentieth century. As wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she played a key role in leading the nation through two national crises, the Great Depression and World War II. Through her activism and post-war diplomacy, she played a key role in the development of civil and human rights for all people.

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Eleanor Roosevelt

The biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, her personal life, activism, and influence as world leader.

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About Val-Kill

The buildings and features at Val-Kill tell the story of Eleanor Roosevelt's.

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Black Civil Rights Leaders

The story of important Black Americans that shaped the Roosevelts' understanding of race in America.

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LGBTQ Val-Kill

Our LGBTQI+ history and legacy makes Val-Kill a welcoming and inclusive place for all.

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Val-Kill Industries

A history of Val-Kill Industries

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The Roosevelt family and the friends and political associates that frequented Hyde Park.

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Selections from the park's museum collection.

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Featured stories on the life of Eleanor Roosevelt


Last updated: January 10, 2024

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